Over the years, Fabrangen members started a variety of endeavors that have developed into independent entities.
The Fabrangen Fiddlers, Washington DC’s original Jewish folk band, was founded in 1971 by Fabrangen member David Shneyer (guitar) and Alan Oresky (violin), along with Frank Sparber (clarinet). Ken Giles was also an early member. The group started by creating Jewish liturgical music for Fabrangen, but soon included all Jewish folk music and simcha music. Members of the group, including Theo Stone, and Larry Robinson continue to play Jewish folk and klezmer music throughout the region, but the band mainly performs in concert now.
The Fabrangen Cheder was co-founded as a school and community by Arthur Waskow and Nessa Spitzer in 1973 in order to provide an alternative form of Jewish education for their children. Over the years, the Fabrangen Cheder has held a Shabbat Mincha Group, a Women’s Rosh Chodesh group, a monthly Mensch Club, and High Holiday services. Today, the Fabrangen Cheder continues as a parent-taught cooperative Jewish cultural school that meets regularly in Silver Spring, Maryland.
The Jewish Folks Arts Society was co-founded in 1973 by David Shneyer, Stu Copans, and Sue Roemer. The first Jewish Folk Arts Festival, co-sponsored by Fabrangen, was held in 1977. The Festival has provided a unique opportunity to bring together local talent for the community. Am Kolel now sponsors the Festival, with the active participation of many members of Fabrangen. The festival is a bi-annual event; the next festival is scheduled for the Spring of 2017.
The Fabrangen Tzedakah Collective was established in 1975 to provide a forum for its members to contribute to charity in a democratic and involved manner. Twice each year, the group meets to learn collectively about recipient organizations and to make decisions on charitable allocations to Jewish, local, Israeli, and international organizations. Over the years, the collective has made more than 70 semi-annual allocations, totaling over $2 million.
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Founded in 1978, the Jewish Study Center (JSC) is an independent non-profit institute of adult Jewish education in the Washington DC area. The JSC offers classes in religion, Bible, arts & culture, language, ethics, history, and philosophy at multiple venues and has revitalized adult Jewish education in the area. Many Fabrangeners have participated in the JSC in many ways – as founders, Board members, teachers, students, and supporters.